Remote Learning Update from Principal McNeil

Hello SciTech Families,

We are looking forward to reconnecting with students this week through our new model of at-home learning. Our teachers have been preparing individually and collaboratively to engage all of our students in meaningful learning experiences and we will begin providing instruction Thursday, April 16, 2020. We know that the vast majority of our students are very comfortable accessing classroom content through Schoology and Google Classroom. We will continue to incorporate these tools to support at-home learning. For parents, much of this may seem new and unfamiliar, but students will be accessing resources at home that they have used previously. There may be opportunities for students to interact with their classmates and teachers using platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Students should expect to hear from each of their teachers by Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Teachers will share information concerning where students will be able to access the lessons and resources for their classes. Teachers will share their office hours with students so they are aware of the times that their teachers are available to provide support throughout the week. Please remind your child to check their email throughout the day and encourage them to be mindful of Remind text messages they may receive from their teachers. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher(s) if you need assistance with anything. Office hours are designed to support you and your child with at-home learning. Families can contact teachers via email. Our staff emails are available online at https://pittsburghscitech.com/school-information/staff-directory/.

Daily Attendance

Beginning Thursday, April 16th students will be expected to complete a daily attendance procedure with their advisory teacher. Each students’ advisor will share with his or her students the specific procedure that students follow daily in order to record their attendance. Students must complete their attendance check-in by 10:00 a.m. each day.

As stated previously, students will use many of the programs that they have had previous experiences with at SciTech, but families should address any program related questions to the student’s teacher. If the teacher cannot resolve the issue, they may refer you to our district’s support center. Students and families can contact the District’s Support Center at 412-529-HELP or submit a ticket at www.pghschools.org/letstalk. It is also important to share this information with your child’s teacher.

Thank you for encouraging your children to engage in the at-home learning that we are implementing. We recognize that our communities and families are experiencing challenging circumstances. I want to thank you for your continued support during this transition. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mr. Shawn McNeil